After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
(Acts 13:22 NIV)
When the nation of Israel wanted to become like the other nations by asking for a king, God gave them a king, but He expected the king to reflect Him – Israel’s true king – through his thoughts, words and actions. However, Saul, Israel’s first king, was nothing like God. Saul was disobedient, arrogant and jealous. As a result, God removed him from the throne. On the other hand, David, who replaced Saul, reflected God through the way he lived his life. He refused to kill Saul, who he regarded as God’s anointed king, did everything that God told him to do and shepherded God’s people. So he became known as a man after God’s own heart. It’s God’s desire that we all become people after His own heart, doing everything He wants us to do, thinking His thoughts and speaking His words. It’s an awesome privillege, but it also comes with a great price. Ask God to help you become a person after His own heart.
A person after God’s own heart does God’s will.